Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Biotechnology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Metabolic engineering; Systems biology; Synthetic biology
Jens Nielsen has an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD degree in Biochemical Engineering from the Danish Technical University (DTU), and was appointed full Professor there in 1998. He was Fulbright visiting professor at MIT in 1995-1996. At DTU he founded and directed the Center for Microbial Biotechnology. In 2008 he was recruited as Professor and Director to Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Jens Nielsen has published so far more than 380 research papers that have been cited more than 11,000 times (current H-factor 53), co-authored more than 40 books and he is inventor of more than 50 patents. He has received numerous Danish and international awards and is among others member of the National Academy of Engineering in USA, the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, the American Academy of Microbiology and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is a founding president of the International Metabolic Engineering Society.
University of Aberdeen, Institute of Medical Sciences, UK
Candida, Fungal cell wall, Chitin, Antifungal, Functional genomics, Pathogenesis
Carol Munro has a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Aberdeen. She has over 20 years experience studying human fungal pathogens primarily Candida albicans. She is one of the principal investigators of the Aberdeen Fungal Group and has the position of Reader at the University of Aberdeen. Her research investigates how surface components contribute to virulence, host interactions and drug resistance. Her group are improving C. albicans functional genomics by generating an ORFeome and genome-wide overexpression collections. She has published over 50 scientific papers (current H-factor 30). She has strong ties with industrial partner NovaBiotics Ltd developing novel peptide-based antimicrobial therapies. She is a Fellow of the Society of Biology, UK, member of the Eukaryotic Division of the Society for General Microbiology, UK and is on the executive committee of the British Society for Medical Mycology.
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Terrance G. Cooper
Department of Molecular Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Memphis, USA
Nitrogen metabolism; Nutrient sensing and regulation; Signal transduction
Terrance Cooper is a Biology (BSc) and Chemistry (MSc) graduate of Wayne State University, Michigan. He earned his PhD in Biology at Purdue University, Indiana and gained postdoctoral experience in Molecular Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Pittsburg in 1971 and Professor in 1981. He was Director of the Molecular Resource Centre at the University of Tennessee, Memphis from 1985 to 1998. He is currently the Harriet S. Van Vleet Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Memphis. He is a member of the American Society of Microbiologists, American Academy of Microbiology and New York Academy of Science. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. His research focuses on nitrogen metabolism particularly fleshing out the hypothesis that nitrogen-responsive regulation occurs via multiple pathways with distinct molecular inputs, responses and regulatory protein requirements.
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Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
Humanized yeast; Cell stress; Aging and death; Proteostasis
Dina Petranovic has a BSc and MSc in molecular biology, from University of Zagreb (Croatia) and a PhD in molecular microbiology from University Paris XI (2004). During PhD and postdocs in Denmark she worked mainly on gene regulation (CodY) and protein phosphorylation (PY and PTS) in G+ bacteria (Lactococcus lactis, Bacillus subtilis). Since 2008 she became more interested in yeast as a model organism and has been working since then with Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism for study of complex cellular processes, such as proteome maintenance, proteostasis, ageing and apoptosis. She is interested in these pathways from the fundamental and applied angle, in biotechnology and biomedical research, and combines reductionist hypothesis-driven and holistic systems biology approaches (in vivo, in vitro and in silico).
Institut de Genetique et Microbiologie, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay Cedex, France
Mitochondria; Signal transduction; Crabtree negative yeast
Monique Bolotin-Fukuhara has an MSc degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Paris. She was a teaching assistant and associated Professor there before joining the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). She was among the pioneer team which discovered mitochondrial genetics and has since kept a strong interest in this research field with the new possibilities to use yeast for mitochondrial diseases in particular to search for correcting genes.
In parallel she was very early involved in the S. cerevisiae European programs, first for sequencing, and later on for yeast functional analysis (EUROFAN) where she was a member of the steering committee.
From the very early days of her research career she has been involved in industrial and international activities (collaborative work with Rhone-Poulenc, international collaborations often within the framework of European programs, several stays in the US, participation to several international expert panels, organisation of international meetings etc..).
In 2006 she was recruited by CNRS as Director of the Institute for Genetics and Microbiology at Orsay and is now an Emeritus Research Director.
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, 312 SE Med-Dent Bldg, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, USA
Candida albicans; Candidiasis; Cell wall; Cell wall biosynthesis
Richard Calderone has over 30 years' experience in fungal pathogens and translational research. A Biology graduate of Ohio University, he obtained his Masters and PhD in Plant Pathology at West Virginia University and went on to gain postdoctoral experience in Medical Mycology at Temple University Skin & Cancer Hospital, Philadelphia. He has held appointments at Georgetown University since 1974 and is currently Professor and Chair Department of Microbiology & Immunology. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology. He has over 120 peer-reviewed publications. The focus of his current research is on the two most common fungal pathogens of immunocompromised patients, Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus.
Delft University of Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Industrial Microbiology, NL.
Saccharomyces; Microbial Physiology; Experimental Systems Biology; Synthetic Biology
Pascale Daran-Lapujade is assistant professor at the TU Delft Department of Biotechnology and one of the principal investigators of the Industrial Microbiology section. After obtaining her PhD in 2000 at the Institut Natio
nal Polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL) in France in the field of metabolic engineering, her research has focused on exploring the physiology of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, to unravel the molecular mechanisms that drive its response to diverse environmental stimuli and to identify the evolutionary circumstances that have shaped their genomes. Although many of her research questions are inspired by industrial applications of yeasts, she also seeks to contribute to a deeper understanding of fundamental aspects of cellular physiology and metabolism, using S. cerevisiae as a model. She is an active member of the board of the Microbial Biotechnology section of the Dutch Society for Microbiology (KNVM).
Ian W. Dawes
School of Biochemistry / Molecular Genetics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Apoptosis and aging; Meiosis and sporulation; Oxidative stress; Stress response; Gene regulation; Metabolic regulation
Ian has a BSc in Food Technology from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a DPhil in Biochemistry from Oxford University where he was Rhodes Scholar for NSW in 1966. At Oxford he was a Guinness Research Fellow in the Microbiology Unit and a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College. Ian was an Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Harlyn Halvorson’s laboratory at U Wisconsin and then Brandeis University. In 1972 he was appointed lecturer in Microbiology, Edinburgh University and in 1989 accepted the Foundation Chair of Genetics at UNSW. At UNSW Ian has been Head of the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science. He founded and was inaugural Director of the Ramaciotti Centre for Gene Function Analysis at UNSW. He has published more than 180 research papers and been cited more than 5,600 times (current H-index 41). Ian is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, has been President of the Lorne Genome Society Inc., the Society for Free Radical Research (Australasia), the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chair of the International Conferences on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology from 2001-2009.
Hyun Ah Kang
Department of Life Science, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 156-756, Korea
Functional genomics; Heterologous protein production; Industrial yeasts
Hyun Ah Kang has an MSc degree in Microbiology from the Seoul National University, Korea, in 1988 and a PhD degree in Yeast Molecular Biology from the University of California at Davis, USA, in 1993. She was a postdoctoral fellow during 1993-1995 at Genetic Engineering Research Institute, KIST, Korea and a Senior/Principal Research Scientist at Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), Korea, during 1995-2008. She was a Visiting Scholar at Research Center for Glycoscience in Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (2003). While she was in KRIBB, she had served as Chief of Microbial Metabolic Engineering Research Laboratory (2005-2006), as Group leader of the Glycomics Research Team (2006-2007), and as Director of the Integrative Omics Research Center (2007-2008). In 2008, she was recruited as Professor to the Department of Life Science in Chung-Ang University (CAU), Korea, and nominated as Dean of College of Natural Science at CAU in 2013. Hyun Ah Kang has published so far more than 100 international research papers and holds more than 10 international patents.
Cletus P. Kurtzman
Nat. Centre for Agricultural Util. Research, USDA-ARS, Peoria, United States of America
Food spoilage; Molecular systematics; Rapid detection
Cletus P. Kurtzman received a Ph.D. in mycology/microbiology from West Virginia University and has published extensively on yeast systematics and phylogeny resulting in the description of numerous new species and genera and development of a phylogenetic framework showing relationships among ascomycetous yeasts. Another product of this work has been development of a gene sequence-based barcoding system for rapid species identification, which is used by taxonomists, clinicians, biotechnologists and ecologists. Other work has focused on biotechnological applications resulting in discovery of novel yeast metabolites including pentose fermenting species for biomass utilization. Dr. Kurtzman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served as lead editor for The Yeasts, A Taxonomic Study, 4th edition (1998) and 5th edition (2011).
Department of Biology and Biotechnology, University "Sapienza" of Rome, Italy
Apoptosis and aging; Gene regulation; RNA degradation; Carbon Metabolism; Oxidative stress
Cristina has a MSc degree in Biological Science and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from “Sapienza” University of Rome. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the CEA, Saclay, France. She is Associated Professor at the Department of Biology and Biotechnology, “Sapienza” University of Rome (Italy). She has numerous publications in international journals and she has been invited to give lectures in on her basic and applied science research world-wide. She has been co-organizer of international conferences and participated to several international expert panels. Cristina has taught at University "Sapienza" courses of "General Microbiology", "Microbial Biotechnology" and she currently teaches "Chemistry and Biotechnology of Fermentations". She has expertise in yeast genetics and molecular biology. Among her studies, she has shown a relationship between mRNA metabolism and the onset of apoptosis and chronological aging. She has also demonstrated the involvement of yeast caspase in the variation of mitochondrial morphology during the apoptotic process and the role of mitochondrial morphology genes during aging. She also uses yeast to study the effect of human gene expression and new uncharacterized molecules on longevity and cell death.
University of Macquarie, Sydney, Australia
Wine yeasts; Industrial biotechnology
Professor Isak (Sakkie) Pretorius is Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. A microbiologist, he is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the molecular genetics and biotechnology of wine yeast, and in the translation of research outcomes to industry.
Professor Pretorius began his career in South Africa. He studied at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, where he was awarded a PhD, 1986, after conducting research into yeast genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He went to become a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Stellenbosch in 1993 and, two years later, he became founding Director of South Africa’s Institute for Wine Biotechnology at the same university. During his tenure at Stellenbosch University, he was a Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany in 1993. He was also a part-time professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium from 1996 to 2002.
In 2003, he moved to Adelaide and became Managing Director and CEO of the Australian Wine Research Institute. In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President: Research & Innovation at the University of South Australia. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at the University of Adelaide and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).
Professor Pretorius has published 200 peer-reviewed research papers (current H-index of 34) and more than 120 articles; he has also presented at more than 500 conferences, often as a keynote speaker. Awarded more than 90 million in research grants, Professor Pretorius has also filed six patents. Over the past three decades, he has supervised or co-supervised 33 PhD students and 56 MSc students.
Professor Pretorius took up his current position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research at Macquarie University in 2013.
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China
Oleaginous yeast; synthetic biology; energy metabolism; chemical biology; fermentation
Zongbao (Kent) ZHAO earned his PhD degree in Organic Chemistry at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China. He was a postdoctoral fellow working on mechanisms and pathways of antibiotics biosynthesis at University of Minnesota (1998-2001) and University of Texas at Austin (2001-2003). He joined Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), CAS, in November 2003, and was supported by the CAS “100-Talents” Program and the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. He is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering and currently the Vice Director of Division of Biotechnology at DICP. His research focuses on energy biotechnology, molecular microbiology and chemical biology. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers (current H-factor 27) and holds 20 patents.
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Teun Boekhout, CBS, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Chief Editor 2006-2010
Günther Daum, Institute of Biochemistry, Technische Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
André Goffeau, Unité FYSA, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la Neuve, Belgium
David S. Goldfarb, Department of Biology 270211, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA
José Ruiz-Herrera, Dept. de Ingenieria Genetica, Ctr. de Invest. y Estud. Avanz. D/IPN, Unidad Irapuato, Irapuato, Mexico
Lex Scheffers, TU Delft, The Netherlands, Founding Chief Editor 2001-2005
Lubomir Tomaska, Department of Genetics, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
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